I”m a huge fan of Korean cosmetics, so when Missha opened stores (real and online) in New Zealand recently I got a bit overexcited. And having seen the latest nail polish collection from them I”m even more excited.
Glitterbombs ahoy! Missha describe these as “minute sandy pearls” viagra for sale in a clear base, and I particularly like the hombre examples they have on their site:
Oh and, rose-scented apparently. I”ll canadian pharmacy viagra have one of each, please. The polishes are available for NZ$16.50 from .
Fresh off the production line from O.P.I. is the San Francisco Collection. I have a bit of a soft spot for the name of this collection, because just three months ago I got to visit San Francisco for the first time. Unfortunately it was only a flying visit, on our way through to England. Look, here's me standing beside a cross section of a Golden Gate Bridge cable, complete with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background!
Anyway, enough reminiscing, here's the collection itself:
With 15 polishes, this is one of the larger collections to come out of O.P.I. recently. The three on the right (It's All San Andrea's Fault, Wharf! Wharf! Wharf!, and Alcatraz…Rocks) are O.P.I.'s new Liquid Sand formula. O.P.I. has released quite a few shades in this texture recently and I have yet to try it (I confess to not being particularly tempted by the textured polishes currently hitting the market). However Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! (textured matte blue) looks quite tempting and in fact so does Alcatraz…Rocks (textured grey) so I may just splash out on them. If I do rest assured, there will be swatches.
Other colours piquing my interest are Peace & Love & OPI (I love holos and this is described as holographic sage and eggplant); Keeping Suzi at Bay (navy blue); and Incognito in Sausalito (almost-black blue). Haven't the Foggiest (misty gray) needs to be seen in person I think, as from the pictures I can't tell if it's a shimmer or a metallic.
Which, if any, of these colours are tempting you?
Chances are, you're going to get sick this winter. Sorry, I know that sucks to hear, especially if you or your work has already forked out for a flu shot. It doesn't prevent head colds. Boo. But I do have a thing that will make you feel a guaranteed at least 5% better when you do get sick.
Go buy this Original Source mint & tea tree oil shower gel from any supermarket (I originally bought it cos I liked the packaging, and it smelt nice). Turn off the fan in your bathroom and run the shower for a good ten minutes or so before viagra cheap you get in to make the bathroom insanely steamy (just don't do this too often if you're not the one responsible for cleaning the mold in the bathroom, okay?). Have a really really long shower and lather all over. Breathe deeply. Feel better and less like your head is going to explode? Good!
This body wash will make your skin tingle so I don't recommend shaving with it. The tea tree oil is diluted so it's unlikely to clear up your skin, and soaking in it won't help your thrush. But it will make you feel a little less stuffy, which is always good, right?
And if that's not good enough, grab yourself some vicks vapour rub and put a quarter teaspoon in a bowl, fill the bowl with boiling water, then hold your head under a towel above the bowl for as long as you can. That oughta give you some temporary relief. Don't forget to slather the rub on your chest and under your nose when you go to bed too. Ooooh sexy!
How could you say no to blueberries (or carrots, or tomatoes or any of the other fruits/veges that make up the companion lines)? I couldn't, when I read there was coconut in this as well, and since I needed a new facewash, and it was only $13, into my Countdown trolley the smoothing daily cleanser went.
It smells lovely, and is very gentle on my skin. It struggles a little with the massive amounts of black eyeliner I wear if I go out, but then again everything else does too. The one thing I'm not as fond of is the beeswax in the formula. It makes my face feel a little too smooth, which seems unnatural to me. But that's a minor niggle. I will definitely be trying other products in this range, as I run out of other things, and as budget allows.
I was sent one to review, and let me tell you, it is the easiest thing in the world to apply neatly. You outline and then you colour in – you don't even really need a mirror for this, AND it doesn't come off on your teeth or glass (volunteers needed for a pash test though). I scrawled some on before leaving the house one morning and was surprised to discover I was still wearing it at lunch, and it still looked fine. That speaks volumes to me about how it feels as well, not at all drying like most colour-stay stuff.
Here's what Max Factor say about it:
Launching in 6 super-rich shades, it’s time to unleash your inner-artist to create your boldest glamour statement yet. The easy application of a lipstick bullet tip combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo design; means Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick is your perfect lip painting tool. The ultra-pigmented formula delivers strong colour, a sculpted tip ensures a precise result whilst the smooth texture means colour glides on effortlessly without bleeding. It’s easy – simply play, experiment, and show off your signature style. You are the artist.
The two things I didn't like about it? I'm not sure how I will sharpen it when I need to (I guess I'll buy a sharpener?) and also the colour. I was sent Princess Pink, which is much paler than I would normally wear, to the point where it's pretty much a nude, as you will see in this fairly unhinged looking picture of me.
Yeah I know it's rude to complain about things that are free, so instead, since they're only $17, I will go buy myself a brighter colour and wear that very happily.
If you”ve been reading this site for a while, you”ll know that I love the Gillette Venus razor but in its original form. None the less, when I received a Venus Spa Breeze in a package of goodies from a PR company, I figured I”d give it a good go. First, the official word:
The secret to an easy yet indulgent shave? Venus Spa Breeze. Simply add water for a skin-loving, light lather and a smooth shave—there”s no need for separate shave cream. Even better, the shave gel bars are infused with the fresh scent of white tea to soothe your senses.
The shave gel bars did indeed help the razor glide over my legs, and I didn’t feel any of that hitching you get if you ever stupidly try to shake without lube. However, I do feel like I didn”t get the closest shave possible, because the bars kept the blades from making perfect contact with my skin. That was actually a good thing in my armpits, where I”m more prone to irritation, but my legs didn’t feel as smooth as usual. They did improve with a buttload of moisturiser though, but I can”t help but feel I will get hairier sooner than usual.
I can see the benefit in not wanting to lug shaving foam around with you, but as a person who washes her hair every day, I”ll always have conditioner with me that I would use instead. They might be more useful if you shave with a leg propped up on the sink instead of in the shower though, less drippy.
Frankly though, given that regular Venus blades sell for around $15 at Chaffers New World, and the Spa Breeze ones sell for $26, it’s clear that the biggest benefit to this new razor is to Gillette’s bottom line.
Also, and this is a problem with SO many things, but the day that clamshell packaging dies in a fire forever will be a very happy day indeed. Those things are way too hard to get into.
While I’m working through products I should have written about a long time ago, I also got sent a bunch of Health Basics products to try. They were celebrating their new look launch, and how they’ve named products after New Zealand locations, and that they’re using local stuff in them. I like a good quote of the press release, so here we go:
Inspired by the beautiful landscapes of New Zealand, the Health Basics personal care range, including body wash, hand wash, and bar soap, has been renewed with new product formulations and smart design features for Kiwis who desire something more indigenous and authentic in their daily wash rituals.
The refreshed range has been renamed after iconic New Zealand locations, while New Zealand- based ingredients such as manuka honey, kiwifruit, pohutukawa extract, harakeke, and avocado oils have been added.
One of the things they mention is how you can easily peel off the labels on the handwash so your bathroom looks less cluttered. Here, let me steal an image from their site to show you what I mean.
I’m not sure how many people will do that – it seems like if having a pristine bathroom was that important to you, you’d probably fill your own bottles. I do think though that having the bodywash on a rope is bloody great, because man, my shower caddy is overflowing with products. And their website is really pretty and easy to navigate.
But enough with the aesthetics, how are the products? Well, I took a bottle of the Wanaka daybreak hand soap away with me for a group holiday with a big bunch of people at New Year’s, and I chopped a lot of onions. The soap absolutely removed all oniony smell from my hands every time. I was very impressed. Definitely a product you might want to put by your kitchen sink.
Meanwhile the Opito Bay bodywash foams up really nicely with a puff for leg shaving, which is an important requirement for me in a body wash. I don’t love the smell of jojoba, but I might try the Ruby Bay Sunset or Akaroa Sunset milk & honey varieties once this one runs out.
I like how in their FAQ they talk about how the products are made in NZ, that they’re not tested on animals and they make it clear what products are suitable for vegans (all but the milk & honey). You should look out for Health Basics in your supermarket, and buy the ones that smell good to you. Excellent.
Last year (yes, I am the WORST) I was contacted by Health2000, and asked if I wanted to review some products for them. Of course I would, I said, so they sent me some Trilogy balancing cleanser. The courier package went astray, so I had to go to the depot to collect it, and the depot was closed, and then it was Christmas, and then my girlfriend and I broke up, and all the lights in the world went out, and then work got insanely busy, and and and. And throughout that time, I was washing my face using the cleanser, so I feel very qualified in writing about it now. But first, their description:
Dosage: dailyDescription: Say hello to soft, fresh skin and goodbye to dryness and irritation with this uplifting and refreshing gel cleanser.
Benefits: Leaves the skin feeling fresh, clean and velvety soft Helps to balance the skin without drying.
This is a very gentle cleanser, which is a good thing, although it loses in the fight against the insane amounts of black
eyeliner I tend to wear. I do definitely still moisturise after using it, but I don”t feel like my skin would flake off if I managed to lose all my moisturisers under a pile of clothes and couldn’t retrieve them before I had to run out the door to work, and that”s a good thing. I”m not the biggest fan of the smell of it, because I think I don”t like comfrey (it smells a bit like chamomile tea, which I dislike the smell of), but it”s not unpleasant. I definitely like the feeling of it on my skin, and use it happily most days (mixing it up with a scrub, and also a Karen Murrell face wash, because I get bored very easily). I don”t know if I would pay $42.50 for it though. In fact, I know I wouldn”t, because I am lucky enough to have skin that generally gets on just fine with supermarket price products.
Remember last year when I went to Wellington Fashion Week and wrote those really long, detailed posts about the shows? Well, it”s WFW again but this time I”m taking a slightly different approach. Firstly: let”s talk about goodie bags.
Once again, I was surprisingly cool and waited until I had left the shows to dig through the bags. Sidebar: I hope that when I eventually leave this mortal coil, someone writes that in my obituary. “Megan was surprisingly cool”.
As you can see, goodie bags involve a large number of vouchers. Some of these are actually handy, while some will require me to get a shellac pedicure in order to get a free shellac manicure. Probably not going to use that one.
The Kathryn Wilson goodie bag (top left) was by far my favorite, chock-full of lovely skincare treats and a voucher for lovely Dyrberg Kern goodies – I”ve been considering a purchase from them so I am looking forward to using that up!
To kick off our WFW coverage properly, I”m doing (another) giveaway. Simply leave a comment below with your favourite NZ designer and you”ll go in to win a selection of goodie bag goodies (and a surprise treat!). The winner will be drawn on Monday 8 April, so get in quick!
Keep your eyes peeled over the weekend for brief show summaries and images of my favourite outfits and pieces from the shows this year.